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Economist, Biochemist Named Doctoral Mentor-Advisors

Economist, Biochemist Recognized for Their Mentorship of Graduate Students

Aman Ullah and Anthony Norman are lauded for their excellence in guiding graduate students toward their doctoral degrees

(June 8, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Economist Aman Ullah and Biochemist Anthony W. Norman at the University of California, Riverside will receive the campus Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Award for 2005, said Dallas L. Rabenstein, dean of the Graduate Division.

The Graduate Council of the Academic Senate and the Graduate Division at UCR instituted the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award to recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the training of advanced graduate students at the university.

Graduate students nominate their mentors and write letters of recommendation. The recipients are selected on the basis of these letters of recommendation, Rabenstein said. This is the third year the awards have been given at UCR.

  • Anthony W. Norman is a Distinguished Professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and holds the Presidential Chair in Biochemistry. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has been a member of the UCR faculty since 1963. Norman is the recipient of numerous awards and in 1996 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Norman's field is cellular and molecular endocrinology, where he is a leader in Vitamin D research.

    He has mentored 23 students who have received Ph.D.s during the span of his career at UCR. Norman’s students wrote in their recommendations that he cares about their education and well-being, provides a stable, well-organized laboratory for their research work, and offers guidance while fostering independence. His students respect both his abilities and accomplishments as a scientist, calling him “ of the preeminent researchers in the vitamin and hormone field,” and they note his ongoing interest in their careers: “He was an outstanding mentor and has continued to be a mentor to me throughout my career.”

  • Aman Ullah, a professor of economics, received his Ph.D. from Delhi University and has been a member of the UCR faculty since 1989. His research interests are in both applied and theoretical econometrics. Ullah is the author or editor of eight books, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. More than 20 UCR students have completed their Ph.D.'s with Professor Ullah. These students hold University positions throughout the world, and they attest to his patience and commitment to their education and research.

    One student wrote in a recommendation letter that Professor Ullah would enthusiastically invite his students to coffee and dinner and have “great discussions.” As a dissertation mentor, Professor Ullah's students found that he fulfilled their highest expectations. “He is a great teacher and a friend for life,” one student wrote.

Previous award recipients include University Professor and Distinguished Professor of English Emory Elliott, and Professor of Genetics Norman Ellstrand in 2004; Prasanta Pattanaik, professor of economics, and Subir Ghosh, professor of statistics were the 2003 recipients.
Dissertation Mentor/Advisor 2005 Award recipient are, from left, Aman Ullah and Anthony W. NormanEnlarge

Dissertation Mentor/Advisor 2005 Award recipient are, from left, Aman Ullah and Anthony W. Norman

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